August 2017 Newsletter


Greetings Yogie Fans!

Gomez, the last of our beautiful Yogie and Friends tigers, has crossed over the rainbow bridge. Gomez died on June 12th. We will miss him a great deal. It’s a reminder of how much things have changed for us at Yogie and Friends and his loss is just that much more difficult for us. R.I.P. Gomez. June 2000 – 12 June 2017.

Kristoff: Good news! Kristoff finished his antibiotic regimen on the 22nd and got his blood tested on July 8th his Packed Cell Volume (PCV) was 29 and on the 27th it tested at 34 and he gained two more pounds. This is all a positive outcome. He was a very sick boy and we thought we would lose him. He is a fighter and we are happy he made it through all this. He will get his PCV tested again on August 10th.

New Cat Building: We need to replace the building that our non-positive cats live in. The current building is a cell phone tower building, which would have been good if it was a bit larger and didn’t have water running inside the walls. There was enough of a hole in the outside wall that caused flooding and now it is not a healthy option with mold developing.

We are getting a 12 x 24 Gemco metal building, which will be a far cry better. It will be much larger, fresh, and new, and much easier to work in and the cats will love it. We did a fundraiser on Facebook for the building, which cost $5264.40 and it was purchased as two years same as cash, so we can do this. The rest of the costs are to purchase insulation, drywall, electrical materials, AC and heater units, overhead lights, and ceiling fan. We will also need to purchase lumber such as plywood to put the lofts in and build cat walks. We are working on using skilled volunteers to do this work. We have that for the electrician.

If you can help us make this possible much faster you can donate via PayPal at or by mailing a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027.

More of a cost breakdown for the building:

Building 12×24 $5264.40
Flooring $ 755.99
Insulation $210.43
Drywall $281.60
Lights $175.88
Miscellaneous Materials such as lumber, nails, mud, paint, etc.

Bissell Partners for Pets: We have recently been accepted into the Bissell Partners for Pets program and we hope that this helps us and many needy pets in our community. More to come regarding this program.

Our Needs: We always need cat litter. We use Scoopable cat litter, preferably unscented or very little scent, cat food (Purina Cat Chow Complete dry), and canned (usually Friskies pate’ or shreds, and Fancy Feast pate’).

Since we have the normal operational costs of electric, water, gas, and of course, Veterinary care, we need cash. Cash is very important to our caring for the cats and none of us get paid at Yogie and Friends. 100% of your tax-deductible donations go to the animal’s care.

Donations of cash can be done in several ways, online via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use a credit card to make a one-time donation via PayPal. Or you can mail a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027

Louisiana and Texas Kroger Shoppers: If you have not already done so, it’s time to relink your Kroger Community Rewards to your Kroger Plus Card. Every time you shop at a Texas or Louisiana Kroger and use your Plus Card, Kroger will donate a portion of the sale to Yogie and Friends to help the FIV and other special needs cats we have at the sanctuary. Every little bit helps! Here is the link to enroll or sign in (if you are already enrolled). Choose us as your charity of choice. NPO #80724, Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary (we will be fixing the name later, but it’s still all good).

Recycle Ink Cartridges: New labels have arrived and are available for you to ship cartridges out for recycling. Please consider helping us with our recycling program. Don’t throw those old ink jet/laser jet cartridges in the trash. Give them to us or let us mail you the labels so you can send them out directly and save us a step. We recycle them and get cash for the cats. You can box up the cartridges; put a prepaid label on it that we will provide you, and then drop it off at any UPS shipping facility or they can pick it up at your business. If you need labels, then just contact us and we will get some to you.

Facebook: Please like and follow us on Facebook at Yogie and Friends Special Needs Cats. It is a strictly controlled page so that nobody is every bullied or threatened on our page by others. It’s a safe page to share educational information and news about our wonderful cats. Please like on the page and share with your friends.

SPONSOR A SPECIAL NEEDS CAT: We need sponsors for our cats. We hope that is you. By sponsoring one of the FIV cats you will be providing food, medical care, and their basic care and support. 100% of the sponsorship goes to the care of these animals.

Sadly, we have lost two sponsors. This was a loss of $600 a month. They were special people to us and we will miss them dearly. They loved these cats and one of them even brought three cats to us to save. This was a big hit to us emotionally, we loved these people, and financially.

Sponsors Needed:

Please note that more than one person may sponsor some cats, but rest assured that all sponsor funds are used for the ongoing care of our cats. You can sponsor a cat for just $15 a month, $45 a quarter, or $180 a year.

Cats in need of Sponsoring:

FIV/Feline Leukemia Positive Cats:                               Non-Positive Cats:

Petey                                                                                Hope                          Elsa

Gatsby                                                                              Kristoff                       Barney

Paisley                                                                             Anna                          Duncan

Sunny                                                                               Casper                       Muff

VooDoo                                                                            Blackie                       Penelope

Frazier                                                                              Luna                           Duckie

Bubba                                                                                Lucy                           Smudge

King                                                                                  Squeak                      Smokey

Dotsey                                                                              Bandit                        Snowball

Bruno                                                                               Natasha                     Boo

Alex                                                                                  Miss Kitty                   Blacky

Ursula                                                                              Max




You can mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends
128 Fob Lane
Frierson, LA 71027

If you wish to donate on a regular basis and do not wish to use PayPal, your bank can set up automatic payments for you.

AMAZON WISH LIST: If you shop via you select Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice. They will donate a percentage of the sales to us. It’s a very easy way to help.

We also have an Amazon wish list to help with the feeding and caring of our feral cat colonies as well as the adoptable cats and kittens we are fostering. Please help if you can.

We still need your financial help with the nine big cats we are boarding and all donations are appreciated as we continue to care for them. They are safe and well.

Money we raise during any of our fundraisers goes to the boarding of our big cats and for TNR. We have always been, and will continue to be, a 100% volunteer driven organization.

Upcoming Events:

23 Sept 2017 11am – 4 pm 11am – 4 pm Fall Bake Sale and Fundraiser
Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Don’t Shop! Also, please continue heartworm prevention all year round and not just in the summer months. Heartworm disease can be transmitted all year.

Jenny and the Yogie and Friends Gang!

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